Are Battlecross the hardest working blokes in metal? In recent years they have certainly seemed like it. The thrashers released their best album yet Rise To Power in 2015 and were a constant presence on big tours, connecting to fans and in online discussions. This band already has the potential to be one of the next generation of thrash greats if they stay the course. We hope they continue their rise. They prove that you can’t do this if you are bound by fear! Get out there and hustle! \m/Add to My Radar
Motor City thrashers BATTLECROSS will release their long awaited third album Rise To Power“this Friday via Metal Blade Records. But before they do, BATTLECROSS is giving fans a chance to stream Rise to Power in its entirety. Head over to metalhammer.teamrock.com to listen now!
The first official video from the album for the song “Absence” is available for viewing. The video was directed by David Brodsky of My Good Eye (Whitechapel, Revocation, Cannibal Corpse, GWAR). Watch the video HERE.Add to My Radar
Well this is the best tour announcement in a few weeks! Metal sludge lords Crowbar (still in my opinion the heaviest band out there in many ways), have announced North American dates with West Coast gnarly organ bruisers Lord Dying and thrashtastic party force Battlecross.
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Detroit, MI’s Battlecross have released a brand new video for the song “My Vaccine” from their most recent album, War of Will. The Roy Warner directed clip takes inspiration from the cult classic film “They Live” and can be seen now exclusively at MetalInjection.net HERE.
In other news, Battlecross recently visited the Center for the Intrepid on Friday, December 5th, prior to their show in Austin. The band toured the facility, and met with staff, as well as wounded veterans, some of whom were fans of the band. Read more about the facility and the band’s visit now on axs.com.Add to My Radar
American thrash metal behemoths, BATTLECROSS, will join Machine Head, Children Of Bodom and Epica on a live takeover this Fall! Set to commence on October 4th in Denver, the trek will trample its way through two dozen cities, coming to a close on November 2nd in San Diego. All tickets will go on sale this Friday at 10:00am Eastern.
Comments guitarist Tony Asta: “What an honor to be on this tour! We’re really stoked to reunite with Machine Head and Children Of Bodom, both legendary bands and friends from last Summer’s Mayhem Fest, and to see what Epica is all about. This is a tour with something for every metal head and we can’t wait to be bring it brutal throughout the USA and Canada, banging heads and melting faces from coast-to-coast. See you in the pit!”
In related BATTLECROSSisms, the band will also be heading to Mexico City with Black Label Society, and then on to Brazil for three dates with Killswitch Engage and Memphis May Fire.
Relays guitarist Hiran Deraniyagala: “What a year this has been for us so far. We’ve been to Europe twice and now we’re going to Mexico and South America! We’re so honored to be invited to play with Black Label Society in Mexico City. We have so many loyal rabid fans there and we finally get to play for them! After that we fly to Brazil for three dates with our good friends Killswitch Engage, who we can’t thank enough for always inviting us out for awesome opportunities like this one. Get ready to rage my friends! This will be one for the books!”
American thrash titans, BATTLECROSS, are pleased to confirm three tour dates this August in Brazil with Killswitch Engage and Memphis May Fire. This will mark the band’s first-ever shows in South America.
Comments guitarist Tony Asta: “BATTLECROSS is primed and ready to explore the unknown and take on South America with the mighty Killswitch Engage and Memphis May Fire! This will be our first time ever performing in this part of the world where a strong legacy of thrash metal has created a culture of the most devoted metal heads in the planet. We’ve been keeping in touch with fans through the BATTLECROSSBrazil Facebook page and we can’t wait to show them what we’ve got!”
BATTLECROSS took their energetic live show for the first time ever to Europe earlier this year supporting Killswitch Engage and Trivium. The band will return to Europe in June for a series of festival dates, including Download, Graspop and co-headlining dates with Huntress. BATTLECROSS will also play a series of US shows (also with Killswitch Engage and Trivium) next month.
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The record label that has brought you such awesomeness as Gwar, Amon Amarth, Cannibal Corpse, and of course the Goo-Goo Dolls, is hosting a free show to celebrate it’s 30th Anniversary. The event is being held Saturday September 15, 2012 at The Glass House in Pomona, CA and basically you need to RSVP for the event by clicking here, and then you need to make sure to get there super early since admission is limited to capacity. If you make it in you’ll get to see Six Feet Under, Cattle Decapitation, Battlecross, Gypsyhawk, and Pilgrim for the awesome price of free.
It’s been a long road for Metal Blade and a lot of their sucess has been attributed to working with just about any band that they like, no matter what they sound like. Founder Brian Slagel has been quoted as saying:
“To this day if I really like a band and if the staff really like it then no matter what they sound like we want to work with them, I’ve always liked a wide variety of sounds in metal, which I think is reflected in our roster, and I’ve never gotten into trying to sign a lot of bands that sound the same. I would personally rather find something that nobody else has heard of before, something that’s really different from what’s going on, and put that out.”Add to My Radar
Detroit, Michigan thrashers Battlecross have released the live music video for their song “Kaleb” which is off the band’s latest Metal Blade Records release Pursuit Of Honor. The video is directed and edited by Ryan Glisan of death metal band and labelmate Allegaeon. The live footage in the video was filmed at the July 13th kick off date of the Trespass America festival in Broomfield, Colorado.
“Kaleb is the one song on the album that I’m the most proud of because I wrote it about my son,” states vocalist Kyle “Gumby” Gunther. “To have this be the track that Ryan used is really special to me, because seeing the intensity of our first arena show with such a hard-hitting song really gives the world a good idea of how much I love my boy. As a band, we’ll never forget that show. We were nervous as all hell!”
Check out the music video right here.Add to My Radar
Detroit-based thrash metallers Battlecross are hitting the road today with the Trespass America Festival! The festival kicks off tonight in Broomfield, CO at the 1st Bank Center and features headliners Five Finger Death Punch, as well as the reunited original line-up of Killswitch Engage. The Trespass America Festival also features Trivium, Emmure, Pop Evil, and God Forbid.
You can check out the tour dates here.
Vocalist Kyle “Gumby” Gunther stated:
“Is this real? I was just watching Killswitch Engage’s soundcheck and I kept asking myself, ‘Is this is really happening?'”
“We’ve got food on this tour and everything, I might actually be able to gain a pound on this tour because I’m skinny as shit! But in all seriousness, it’s an extreme honor to be performing on the same stage with these bands. We never would have imagined playing these types of shows. It’s a true honor to be performing with the big dogs.”Add to My Radar
How many of you Metal Rioters out there have gone to your local record store of choice and picked up a new metal album solely based on the art that graces its cover? Unfortunately, with the growth of iTunes and Pandora it seems easier and easier to overlook album cover art in general, but in the world of Heavy Metal we’re here to remind you that the art form is still alive and well!
Each Tuesday we will present to you the best album covers of the week and draw focus into what makes each cover so damn badass. Check out this week’s offering right here and vote on which cover YOU think should win “Cover Art of the Week”!Add to My Radar
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Blues punks The Bobby Lees (Sam Quartin , Kendall Wind , Macky Bowman, Nick Casa) have been tearing it up on stages in Upstate, NY and around the country. While you may recognize Quartin from movie roles like the (forthcoming) Run With The Hunted and Let Me Make You A Martyr , this band is not a novelty project but a full fledged rock n rollercoaster. They totally scorch the stage with a howling sense of purpose and poetic sting, capturing a primal and at times even fun energy on Beauty Pageant . Feral animals and ghosts hiding in the trees agree that this band is the shit. This record and group truly deserve to be heard, so head to their Bandcamp and blast "Deem Em Dead" now. You can say you knew 'em when.